Kettering cat returns four months after disappearing

Maxine the cat was rescued by RSPCA officer Polly Underwood
Maxine the cat was rescued by RSPCA officer Polly Underwood

A woman from Kettering was “over the Moon” when she was reunited with her cat more than four months after it went missing.

Maxine, a 15-year-old black and yellow long-haired cat, was spotted in Leeson Crescent, Barton Seagrave, less than two miles from the home of Jane Hayes in Deeble Road, Kettering,

I had given up hope of seeing her again and thought the worst so I was over the moon to find out she was still alive.

Jane Hayes

She was returned to her owner by RSPCA officer Polly Underwood, who was called by Leeson Crescent residents after they noticed the friendly cat they had been feeding over the past months had started to look thin and matted.

Before taking Maxine to the vet, Polly scanned her for a microchip and discovered where she came from.

Mrs Hayes said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got the phone call about Maxine.

“I had given up hope of seeing her again and thought the worst so I was over the moon to find out she was still alive.

“We had moved house about a month before and Maxine went missing a couple of times, only to turn up at our old house.

“Then she became poorly and the vet advised she stay in for a month.

“As soon as we let her out after that she disappeared.

“I tried everything to locate her, including social media and Cats Protection, but nothing worked.”

Maxine went missing in December.

It was thanks to her microchip that she was identified and returned home.

Mrs Hayes said: “As soon as Polly rang, I took the day off work straight away so I could go and pick Maxine up.

“I would advise anyone to microchip their pets.”